The Windmill

Seth Landman
a poet thinking too much about basketball
Created 07 Sep 2021
  • The Flood
    29 Nov 2021 • 5 min read
    If you’ve been reading this newsletter, you know that when it comes to basketball I’m kind of obsessed with ball movement. I’m fixated on the speed with which players make decisions. I hold it to be a...
  • Event Horizon and Free Throw Rate
    24 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Last night I rewatched Paul W.S. Anderson’s sneaky little 1997 horror/sci-fi masterpiece/disaster Event Horizon, in which a spaceship—thought to be utterly lost after attempting to manipulate gravity ...
  • Make or Miss League
    18 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    One of the most frustrating aspects of NBA fandom—especially when you get into the weeds a little bit—is that so much of what we feel when we watch games comes down to the simple fact of whether shots...
  • A Really Good Bounce Pass Is Chaotic Transport
    16 Nov 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Recently watching Werner Herzog’s 2005 film Wild Blue Yonder, which I’m not really going to get into here, I learned about the concept of Chaotic Transport, or the use of chaotic “tunnels” determined ...
  • What Marcus Smart Was Trying to Say, I Think?
    11 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    When Marcus Smart made his comments about the Celtics’ offense last week, there were lots of responses chastising him in lots of different ways, but most of these pointed out that the team had just gi...
  • The Joy of Giving a Shit
    09 Nov 2021 • 2 min read • 1 0
    I’ve been thinking a lot about something Nikola Jokić did in last night’s game against the Miami Heat. I’m not talking about the moment Jokić shoved Markieff Morris violently in the back so hard that ...
  • 21–22 NBA Previews: The Milwaukee Bucks (#1)
    05 Nov 2021 • 4 min read
    Basketball is exactly life. It’s not less than life or more than life. It isn’t any more or less stupid than any of the other things we spend our time doing, like going to the RMV or working 40 hours ...
  • 21–22 NBA Previews: The Brooklyn Nets (#2)
    02 Nov 2021 • 2 min read
    A word of praise here for the amazing Kevin Durant, a player I love and somehow also never give enough credit. I’ve spilled a lot of ink on this weird, little newsletter blathering away about the impo...
  • 21–22 NBA Previews: The Denver Nuggets (#3)
    30 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Each day, as the amount of time I have left to live gets imperceptibly shorter and shorter, I find my appreciation of the little things growing. One of those little things is watching Nikola Jokić pla...
  • 21–22 NBA Previews: The Utah Jazz (#4)
    28 Oct 2021 • 2 min read
    The offense/defense calibration of a given basketball team is always a delicate matter. I suppose this is why it is so valuable when a player adds value on both sides of the ball. Most players are not...
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